HIV virus attacking cell. 3D render, via Shutterstock.

A few updates on HIV research

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A number of new clinical trials are showing promise in hopes of treating the disease and preventing its spread.
Scanning electron micrograph of the HIV-1 virus, colored green, budding from cultured lymphocyte, via Creative Commons

Possible new HIV therapies, and the potential for a cure

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Combining new techniques with existing treatments could, potentially, rid the virus from the body.

A neat reminder service for taking your pills, and other medical needs

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Having trouble remembering when to take your pills? Oregon Reminders has the answer.

One step closer to Star Trek’s “tricorder”

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A young inventor is working on a consumer device that can analyze food, prescription drugs, and more.
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Good medical news: New pill approved to treat Type II diabetes

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Some good medical news to start the day.
A farmer from the Miao minority pours a cocktail of pesticides into a sprayer to prepare for spraying his pseudo-ginseng farm. Dehou Town, Wenshan County, Yunnan Province. Wenshan is the origin and the main production area of pseudo-ginseng and accounts for almost 98 percent of China's total yield. (© Simon Lim / Greenpeace)

89% of Chinese herbal medicines purchased abroad contained 3 or more pesticides

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72% exceeded European safety levels, and 47% contained “highly” or “extremely” hazardous pesticides.
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Cause of death: Broken heart (it’s an actual syndrome, and can kill you)

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It was first discovered in Japan in the 1990s, and can be triggered by a severe emotional/psychological shock.
Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz (bottom right) lead "veterans" in protesting the Republicans own shutdown of the government.

How the government shutdown hurt American science, research and medicine

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The GOP federal government shutdown caused a crucial loss of “time” for a variety of scientific research.
Trophozoite of N. fowleri in CSF, from the CDC.

Weird science: Brain-eating amoeba

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There’s a new medical mystery that reminds medical researchers of the early days of AIDS: brain-eating amoeba.
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